Oksana Waterfall, Mullumbimby
The Dustyesky Choir sang at the Mullum Music Festival, in front of a hammer and sickle backdrop.
As a Ukrainian Australian, I find this extremely distressing. The Soviet regime accounted for the deaths of over 6 million Ukrainians, through starvation or execution. The gulags were full of Ukrainians, including relatives of mine who died there.
This choir, singing its Soviet era songs is not quaint or amusing. It is tasteless and cruel. If it was a choir singing Nazi songs of the Holocaust in front of a swastika, people would be rightly outraged. Dustyesky Choir just glorify a different genocide.